Posted Friday, May 15th, 2015 by admin
Outdoor challenges are all the rage these days. They’re not just for the super fit and exercise crazy. Everyone is getting involved in fun-runs and challenges, often to raise money for a cause close to their hearts, but sometimes just to set a personal goal or to get in shape. Across the country there are hundreds of outdoor challenges, half marathons and marathons, that members of the public are queuing up to take part in. Taking part in one of the runs in the these parts, comes with the added bonus of the fact that you are able to soak up the gorgeous scenery, of rolling hills and placid lakes of the Lake District. Let’s take a look at whats out there:
First up is Gelt Gladiator on the 16th of May 2015. How fun does this sound? A mud trail run through the woods followed by mud obstacles on nearby land, before a finish on the course that’s usually reserved for UK motorbike racing. It’s tough and not for the fainthearted but the amount of mud and dirt involved makes it a popular run amongst the youth.
Brathay Windermere Marathon is on the 17th of May 2015 and was voted 2nd most popular marathon of 2011 by readers of Runners World. For fans of the Lake’s magnificent backdrop, this is the run for you. It twists and turns through some spectacular scenery and natural beauty spots, with some sections of the run so beautiful the landscape is sure to take your mind off those achy joints and muscles, as you push through that dreaded 20 mile mark.
Here’s something different; the 1500m Derwent Island Swim on the 17th of May 2015. This swim has been in the KMF programme for the past 4 years and is still growing in popularity and appeal. The challenge will take you for a swim around the historical Derwent Island, a must see natural beauty spot, the Keswick locals have cherished for centuries.
Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2015 by admin
May in the Lake District is packed full of of events for foodies. Those of you who are fans of fine cuisine and sophisticated tipples, will be spoilt for choice during the late spring period. The nearby area boasts a host of food celebrations in addition to the Beech Hill Hotel, set against a beautiful Cumbrian backdrop.
First up is the Borough Farmer’s Market at Borough Town Hall. The Farmers’ Market is held on the third Saturday of every month, so this time around on May the 16th. Unlike so many other farmers markets this time of year the whole thing is held under cover, sheltering the fresh products from any pests or bad weather. There are some outside stalls, the organic veg seller in particular prefers an outdoor space.
For further details see www.broughfarmersmarket.org.uk
A Taste of Townend is on at Troutbeck, Windermere, on the 21st of this month. It celebrates the Brownes’ family recipe book stuffed full of traditional meat based English dishes and even medicines dating back to the 17th century. Hosted by the National Trust, volunteers will be cooking all afternoon to recreate some of the recipes.
For further details see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend
Finally, on the 29th of this month is the Made in Cumbria Farmers Market. Held in the market town of Kendal on the appropriately named Market Place, the market offers the very best in local foods.
For further details see www.madeincumbria.co.uk
Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 by admin
Situated in the historic port town of Whitehaven, The Rum Store is a truly unique, not to be missed experience. Once through the doors you will leave behind the technology driven culture of modern- day England and be transported back to the tropical paradise of the 18th century Caribbean jungle, where you will begin your nautical journey through the Rum Story.
The journey traces the origins of Whitehaven’s sad involvement in the slave trade and its transportation of men and women from villages in Africa to the Antiguan sugar plantations, where they were made to work for wealthy landowners. The stories are filled with tales of morally bankrupt pirates, waring aristocrats and all the customs and cultures of the day. You can experience the legendary punch houses, and see how gangsters operated their illegal pubs and bars in an age of jazz and corruption. The stories all link back to Whitehaven and the Jefferson family who played an integral part in the maritime exploits of the day, as well as preparing and selling their exquisite rum.
The Rum Store is a great twist on the traditional museum experience and kids will love it! Last admission is at 15.30 and ticket prices range from Adult £5.45, concession £4.45, child £3.45 and family £16.45.
The Courtyard Cafe provides a menu full of home-made nutritious snacks and lunches. There is also a great little gift shop where you can pick up unusual quirky gifts and of course sample some of the famous 1785 Jefferson’s rum.
For further information go to the Rum Story Website
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